What does TED stand for?

TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged. TED is now an annual conference that brings together the world’s leading thinkers and doers to share ideas in diverse disciplines including technology, science, entertainment, motivation, social issues, health and wellness, entrepreneurship and the economy. The talks at the TED conference are then made available to watch for free at https://www.ted.com/talks.

What is TEDx?

With TED’s meteoric rise in popularity, demand for live, localized TED events increased too. In 2009, in the spirit of “ideas worth spreading”, TED created TEDx – a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share the TED conference-like experience at a very affordable price. At a TEDx event, live speakers combine with TED Talk videos to spark deep conversations based around ideas worth spreading. TEDx events are organized by local individuals under license from TED. In the order of 2,000 TEDx events now take place annually around the world.

What is the difference between a TED Conference and a TEDx event?

A TED Conference is a 5-day live event with a ticket price of at least US$8,500. Speakers are from around the world. Attendance is by application. TEDx events are one day or less, are live and the organizers and speakers are generally local. The ticket price is a maximum of US$100 and attendees seldom need to apply to attend.


What is the vision of TEDxStanleyPark?

The vision of TEDxStanleyPark is to move the needle toward a better world by producing a suite of high-impact short talks that Inspire Brave Actions from our onsite and online audiences.

What is the mission of TEDxStanleyPark?

The mission of TEDxStanleyPark is to annually produce and share a suite of high-impact talks that are both educational and inspirational. These talks offer novel solutions to a diverse range of humanity’s tough, tangible, specific, urgent and relevant problems. These Ideas Worth Spreading activate thoughtful optimists with open minds and big hearts to take brave actions including conversations that matter, attitude shifts, policy changes, support for worthy causes, political and social activism and launching movements that make a positive difference.

What is the theme for TEDxStanleyPark 2018?

Our perennial theme is as simple as it is daunting: Inspiring Brave Actions. This theme is born from our belief that all human achievement is rooted in 3 elements: the dreams that we dream, the decisions that we make, and the actions that we take. The most impactful of these is the actions that we take. This Inspiring Brave Actions theme guides our selection of talks to those with powerful calls to action that give legs to dreams of what could be.

Who are TEDxStanleyPark's audiences?

Our talks have 3 audiences:

Onsite: We expect 2,690 people to attend the Conference in person. Most are working professionals aged 30 to 60 with extensive formal education and above-average household incomes. They are lifelong learners and thought leaders with open, curious and civic minds searching for ways to make a difference. The vast majority live in Metro Vancouver.

Online in real time: We expect thousands of people from around the internet-connected world to watch our speakers’ talks online, in high-definition, in real time and for free via Livestream.

Online in delayed time: We expect millions of people to watch our speakers’ videos on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/user/TEDxTalks) and other social media channels and websites.

What are TEDxStanleyPark’s core beliefs?

We have 5 core beliefs:

  1. We are a spark – Our talks blend education and inspiration to bring about better choices and activate curious and open minds to move the needle toward a better world.
  2. We are an inclusive community of thoughtful optimists, thought leaders and action takers with open minds and big hearts searching for ways to make a difference.
  3. Positive change happens when novel ideas that inspire, stimulate and energize are paired with practical calls to action and shared with our community.
  4. More is more – The more people who hear our speakers’ Ideas Worth Spreading the better. This is why we hold our Conference in Vancouver’s largest theatre and have our speakers’ videos seen an aggregate of over 1,200,000 times within 9 months of release.
  5. Our word is our bond – We do not disappoint our attendees, speakers, partners, suppliers, team members, hosts or the environment.

How did TEDxStanleyPark get its name?

The ‘TEDxStanleyPark’ name was inspired by Vancouver’s iconic Stanley Park – both the park and the conference inspire, stimulate and energize their visitors. The TEDxStanleyPark conference is held in downtown Vancouver and NOT in Stanley Park.

What is TEDxStanleyPark’s history?

March 17, 2013 – The 1st TEDxStanleyPark Conference took place in front of 100 attendees at The Theatre inside the UBC Campus at Robson Square in Vancouver. Its 13 talks evoked 1 standing ovation and an aggregate of 20,000 video views within 9 months of their release. 

May 23, 2015 – The 2nd TEDxStanleyPark Conference took place in front of 450 attendees at the Granville Island Stage located on Granville Island, Vancouver. Its 13 talks evoked 7 standing ovations and an aggregate of 100,000 video views within 9 months of their release.

May 28, 2016 – The 3rd TEDxStanleyPark Conference took place in front of 1,900 attendees at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre. All 15 speakers received standing ovations. Their videos received an aggregate of 1,000,000 views within 9 months of their release.

March 4, 2017 – The 4th TEDxStanleyPark Conference took place in front of 2,200 onsite and thousands of online (Livestream) attendees at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Every speaker received a standing ovation. Their videos are on track to receiving an aggregate of 2,000,000 views within 9 months of their release.


Who are your 2018 speakers and what are they speaking about?

Our 2018 speakers are:

Amy Color – Mm-humm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCKtzKt7sOc

Andrea Menard – Silent no more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YotveKkNyjM

Camille Mehta – Healing happens with community – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zNyRUseF8o

Claire Snyman – Your health is in your hands: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4WV-WiM6ik

Dominic Rubino – Fixing family issues with business tools: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EVyuHFbJmc

Jenny Zou – Back to the drawing board: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKZSPMQXA_k

Karen McGregor – The pursuit of fulfillment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRYeplkWShY

Mohammed Alsaleh – The refugee crisis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbmJloOu3Cw

Roger Wong – To stay or not to stay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3o2dYYd0s_I

Sarah Morgan – Light is life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVG4mEPIwqw

Theresa Sabo – Medical errors are killing us: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrGasf7TFCc

Victoria Welsby – I am fat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGa10Hf-nA0

Zamina Mithani – Why I’m not “your” Muslim: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWJ8ycRqnMg

How were these speakers chosen?

In March 2017 TEDxStanleyPark announced that it was open to receiving applications to speak at TEDxStanleyPark 2018. Over 70 people from around the world submitted formal applications. 50 of these were interviewed in July and early August and 35 were invited to write scripts. These scripts were read to the Selection Panel on September 9, 10 and 11. The Selection Panel’s mandate was to select scripts on the basis of their ideas, the power of their call to action and their fit within a diverse program. 10 script readers were chosen as “Confirmed 2018 Speakers” and 2 as “Backup 2018 Speakers”. The 10 Confirmed Speakers joined a Celebrity Speaker and a Backup Speaker from 2017 to form the 2018 Speaker Roster that will, barring any mishaps, take the stage on March 3, 2018.

Will the speakers’ talks be available after the conference?

The speakers’ videos will be available a few weeks after the conference. Go to https://www.tedxstanleypark.com/ and join our newsletter. Also, each of our speakers’ transcripts will be published on Amazon as e-books. We’ll let you know when the videos and e-books are available.

How can I contact the speakers if I have a question?

The speakers will be available during the day of the conference. They are very searchable on various social media channels. Their email addresses and other co-ordinates appear in the program guide you’ll receive at the conference and in the video descriptions.


Who is the producer?

The producer is Roger Killen: roger@tedxstanleypark.com or 604.408.0888

Who helps the producer?

TEDxStanleyPark has 11 teams: selection panel/talk team, production, partnerships, video, marketing, ticketing, sales, administration, accounting, on-the-day hosting, and catering. In total, it takes around 70 people to make TEDxStanleyPark a legendary experience for our attendees, speakers, partners and suppliers.


How is the TEDxStanleyPark event different?

TEDxStanleyPark excels in 5 ways:

1. Superb Content:
Our primary goal is to inspire attendees to perform brave actions that move the needle toward a better world. We achieve this by producing a suite of 14 diverse talks with great ideas and high-impact delivery.

2. Superb Production Value:
We produce high production value videos of our speakers’ talks. To bring this about, we employ the services of a professional videographer using state of the art equipment.

3. Superb Venue:
TEDxStanleyPark does not hold its events in gymnasiums, classrooms or ballrooms but in quality theatres. The 2018 venue is the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in downtown Vancouver. This theatre has 2,683 excellent seats in rows with a generous rake to give great sight lines and acoustics that enable guests to hear every word. Our 2018 conference and the Queen Elizabeth Theatre is a potent pairing.

4. Superb Hospitality:
Our attention to attendees’ needs is intense:

a. they are served by 50 hosts with smiles on their faces and service in their hearts
b. their time in lineups is minimized
c. they can attend our event from anywhere with an internet connection – in the interests of “ideas worth spreading” we Livestream our event free, in real time and high-definition.

5. Superb Sustainability:
TEDxStanleyPark’s environmental impact is as low as possible:

a. we do not follow the customary TEDx practice of giving each guest a ‘swag bag’ filled with branded giveaways; we believe that these bags and most of their contents end up in landfills
b. we source locally to reduce waste and transport-related emissions
c. we choose venues that are accessible by walking, bicycle and transit
d. our administration systems are as paperless as possible
e. we recycle as much of our waste as possible
f. we require our suppliers to follow sustainable practices


What is the event day, date and time?

TEDxStanleyPark will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018. The Queen Elizabeth Theatre lobby and auditorium doors, coat check, food concessions and lobby exhibits open at 9:00am. The event concludes at 5:30pm. The after party (invitation only) commences at 5:40pm and runs until 7:10pm.


Where is the TEDxStanleyPark 2018 conference being held?

At the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, V6B 5N6, phone 604.665.3050.

Why is TEDxStanleyPark NOT being held in Stanley Park?

TEDxStanleyPark is the name of an event and not a location. The name was chosen to capture the spirit of Stanley Park which stimulates, inspires and energizes its visitors.

What landmarks are close to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre?

West Georgia Street and the Vancouver Public Library are to the south, Dunsmuir Street and Vancouver Community College (City Centre Campus) are to the north and Cambie Street and the Beatty Street Armoury are to the east of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

How do I get to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre?

The Queen Elizabeth Theatre is centrally located and easy to get to by foot, bicycle, Skytrain, bus and car:

Foot – it is a 10-minute walk from West Georgia and Burrard and a 5-minute walk from West Georgia and Granville
Bicycle – take the dedicated bicycle lane on Dunsmuir, Richards or Homer
Skytrain – Stadium-Chinatown is 2 short blocks away and Vancouver Centre is 4 blocks away
Bus – numerous buses stop at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre: 99A, 240 and 246
Car – drive east on West Georgia Street and north on to Hamilton Street or drive west on Dunsmuir and south on to Cambie Street.

Where can I park my car?

There are several car public parking options:

a. below the Queen Elizabeth Theatre – $9 from 6am to 6pm
b. in the International Village Mall (3 blocks east) – $15 from 9am to 9pm
c. underneath Robson Square (6 blocks away) – $5 all day
d. several EasyPark lots and other all day parking options are nearby and at very affordable prices.


Why did you choose the Queen Elizabeth Theatre?

Because it has several desirable features:

a. 2,690 comfortable seats (including 16 wheelchair spaces)
b. wide rather than deep to allow all guests to feel close to the stage
c. rows with a generous rake to give good sight lines
d. superb acoustics
e. in-house food and beverage concession
f. big lobby to support our partners’ booths and networking
g. easy internal traffic flow with few bottlenecks
h. high-capacity bathrooms
i. close to 26 restaurants
j. close to several inexpensive all-day parking lots
k. accessible by foot, skytrain, bus, car and bicycle
l. private on-site salon to accommodate our after party.

Is the Queen Elizabeth Theatre wheelchair accessible?

The Mezzanine and VIP sections are wheelchair-accessible and offer a total of 16 spaces with companion seats.

What assistance is available for hearing impaired guests?

The Queen Elizabeth Theatre supplies hearing assist devices free as a courtesy.


What is the program?

The day’s program features 13 high-impact talks, 4 energizing performances, 3 TED Talk Videos, 25-minute mid-morning and mid-afternoon refreshment breaks and a 90-minute lunch break.

When do things happen?

At 9:00am the Queen Elizabeth Theatre’s lobby and auditorium doors, coat check, food concessions and lobby exhibits open. The program starts at 10am. The first refreshment break is at around 11:20am for 25 minutes. Lunch is from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. The mid-afternoon break is at around 3:45pm for 25 minutes. The program concludes no later than 5:30pm. The after party starts at 5:40pm and lasts until 7:10pm.

What experience should attendees expect?

We describe TEDxStanleyPark as a “legendary” annual event. What gives us the right to use the word “legendary”? A part of it is the quality of our talks. Another part is our choice of venue. But the biggest part is the distance we go beyond the extra mile to give our attendees a memorable experience featuring:

a. 13 high-impact 10 to 18 minute talks that inspire the mind, stimulate feelings and senses, foster learning, wonder and visionary insights, provoke conversations that matter and trigger actions that bring about positive change
b. 4 “energizer” performances
c. 3 short, humorous TED Talk Videos
d. a commemorative program guide
e. radical hospitality throughout.

You’ll learn and laugh. You’ll cry and cringe. You’ll walk away with actionable wisdom.

How interactive is the event?

There are frequent opportunities for attendees to interact with each other and with the speakers. To maximize interactivity, TEDxStanleyPark publishes its speakers’ co-ordinates in its program guide and video descriptions.

Is the event being webcast?

Yes. We believe in “ideas worth spreading” and feel that webcasting our event is a great way to amplify the reach and impact of our speakers’ talks. Viewers can watch the event free on their computers, smartphones and TVs from any location in the world with an internet connection.

Can I take video or photographs at the event?

You cannot shoot video, audio or flash photography inside the auditorium. Outside the auditorium you are welcome to do all of these.

Will I be allowed into the auditorium if I arrive late?

Yes, but you’ll be asked to be as quiet and non-disruptive as possible.

Can I bring my baby or toddler?

No. Babies and toddlers have a habit of crying at the most inopportune moments.

Can I bring my child?

Yes. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Be aware that some of the talks contain mature content.

Is there an after party?

TEDxStanleyPark is hosting a catered after party from 5:40pm to 7:10pm to give partners and suppliers the opportunity to meet our speakers, energizers and organizers. This after-party is by invitation only. We encourage you to arrange your own after party to talk about what you have just heard. There are 26 restaurants nearby – see the Food & Beverage FAQ below.


How do I keep up to date with conference developments?

Buy a ticket and sign onto our guest list or sign up for our newsletter – go to https://www.tedxstanleypark.com/ and Join Our Newsletter.

How do I view the videos after the event?

Sign up for our newsletter – this is how we will notify you when each video is released. Go to https://www.tedxstanleypark.com/ and Join Our Newsletter.

How do I contact you if I have a question?

Go to Contact us – https://www.tedxstanleypark.com/contact/ and send us an email OR contact the producer – Roger Killen – at 604.408.0888.


Where can I buy tickets?

Go to https://www.tedxstanleypark.com/tickets/

If you want to buy at least 10 contiguous seats contact Roger Killen at roger@tedxstanleypark.com or 604.408.0888.

How many tickets can I buy?

The maximum number of tickets that a buyer can purchase is 16. If you require at least 10 contiguous seats please contact Roger Killen at roger@tedxstanleypark.com or 604.408.0888.

How much does a ticket cost?

The following 2018 ticket prices are in Canadian dollars – Balcony Back tickets are $77, Balcony Front tickets are $87, Mezzanine tickets are $97, Wing tickets are $107, Dress Circle tickets are $117 and VIP tickets are $127. 5% GST should be added to all ticket prices. Each ticket comes with a Bonus Bundle – 5 fun gifts valued at $275.

How do I pay for tickets?

You can buy tickets and pay online with Visa, MasterCard or American Express. Go to https://www.tedxstanleypark.com/tickets/

Do you issue physical tickets?

No. All you need to claim your conference access bracelet (which is what gives you admission to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre) on March 3 is your first and last names and your email address.

Can I reserve seats?

10 or more contiguous seats of any ticket type can be reserved. All reserved seats will have back-of-seat signage that says “Reserved for YOUR PERSONAL OR BUSINESS NAME”.

After the first ticket refund deadline – January 15, 2018 – the person who made the bulk purchase will be contacted by TEDxStanleyPark and asked for his/her preferred whereabouts of the reserved seats. While his/her preference will be noted, the final decision as to the whereabouts of the reserved seats will be made by TEDxStanleyPark. The purchaser will be provided with a digital seat map that identifies the reserved seats and can forward this digital seat map to his/her guests. When the purchaser and guests arrive on March 3, 2018 they will see a large seat map in the lobby of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The group’s name will appear on this seat map and onsite hosts will guide the group to their reserved seats.

What is your ticket refund policy?

Ticket purchases are 100% refundable until midnight on January 15, 2018, 50% refundable until midnight on February 15, 2018 and thereafter non-refundable (though they are transferable until midnight on February 28, 2018). If TEDxStanleyPark cancels the conference it will provide a 100% refund of the ticket purchase price. If TEDxStanleyPark postpones the conference it will provide a 100% refund of the ticket purchase price should Ticket Holder be unable to attend the postponed conference.

What is your ticket transfer policy?

A ticket holder can transfer his/her ticket to a substitute ticket holder until midnight on February 28, 2018. Thereafter tickets are non-transferable. The following terms apply to ticket transfers:

  1. substitute ticket holders must comply with these terms and conditions
  2. the original ticket holder and the substitute ticket holder must make their own arrangements for payment of the transferred tickets
  3. the original ticket holder must email tickets@tedxstanleypark.com with the first and last name and email address of their transferee by midnight on February 28, 2018; failure to do so renders the transferee/substitute ticket holder ineligible to collect ticket bonuses.

What is your satisfaction guarantee policy?

We go to extraordinary lengths to ensure that we meet or exceed our attendees’ expectations. However, we cannot guarantee their satisfaction.


How do I get into the Queen Elizabeth Theatre?

The entry into the Queen Elizabeth Theatre is through the double glass doors at 630 Hamilton Street. You can pick up your colour-coded access bracelet from 9:00am to 10:00am on Saturday, March 3, 2018 inside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre lobby or at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre’s box office after 10:00am.

When can I get into the auditorium?

The auditorium doors are opened at 9:00am.

Is the auditorium open at lunchtime?

Yes, but food and beverages cannot be taken inside.

Is there a coat check?

Yes, the cost is $2 per item.

It opens at 9:00am.


Where can I get a snack during the refreshment breaks?

You have 2 options:

a. you can bring your own snacks and beverages but you cannot take or consume these inside the auditorium
b. you can buy snacks and beverages from the concessions in the lobby of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre; you are permitted to take and consume these inside the auditorium.

Where can I have lunch?

You have several options:

a. you can bring your own food and drinks but you cannot take or consume these inside the auditorium
b. you can buy snacks from the concessions in the lobby; you are permitted to take and consume these inside the auditorium
c. you can go independently to any of the 30+ restaurants that are within 3 blocks of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and are open on Saturday:

Back Forty 118 Robson St. 604.688.5840 http://www.backfortysaloon.com/
Bay Sushi Cafe 678 Seymour St. 604.806.0363 http://www.baysushicafe.com/
Bogart’s Tasting Bar 121 Robson St. 604.336.3578 http://www.bogartsbar.ca/
Boston Pizza 808 Beatty St. 604.681.6170 https://bostonpizza.com/
Chambar 568 Beatty St. 604.879.7119 http://www.chambar.com/
Chopped Leaf 488 Robson St. 604.609.2467 http://www.choppedleaf.ca/
Delicious Pho 255 Robson St. 604.559.4088 http://www.deliciousphobc.com/
Devil’s Elbow 562 Beatty St. 604.559.0611 http://www.devilselbowalehouse.com/
International Village Mall Food Fair 88 West Pender St. 604.646.1081 http://www.internationalvillagemall.ca/
Frankie’s Italian Kitchen 765 Beatty St. 604.688.6368 http://www.frankiesitaliankitchen.ca/
Glowbal Grill 590 W. Georgia St. 604.602.0835 http://www.glowbalgroup.com/glowbal/
Hidden (inside Westin Grand Hotel) 433 Robson St. 604.647.2521 http://www.hiddenvancouver.ca/
Jimmys Tap House 783 Homer St. 604.689.2827 http://jimmystaphouse.com/
Jinya Ramen Bar 270 Robson St. 604.568.9711 http://www.jinya-ramenbar.com/
Kingston Taphouse 755 Richards St. 604.681.7011 http://www.kingstontaphouse.com/
Kung Fu Noodle 682 Seymour St. 604.563.5666 http://www.kungfunoodle.ca/
Library Square 300 W. Georgia St. 604.633.9644 http://donnellygroup.ca/library-square/
Memphis Blues 430 Robson St. 604.682.6220 http://www.memphisbluesbbq.com
Moxie’s Grill & Bar 180 W. Georgia St. 604.684.8434 http://www.moxies.ca/
Original Joe’s 298 Robson St. 778.379.8410 http://www.originaljoes.ca/
Patron Tacos & Cantina 265 Robson St. 604.558.3368 http://www.patrontc.com/
Peaceful Restaurant 602 Seymour St. 604.313.1333 http://peacefulrestaurant.com
Per se Social Corner 891 Homer St. 604.428.6111 http://persesocialcorner.com/
Ricky’s All Day Grill 111 Dunsmuir St. 604.602.9233 https://gotorickys.com/
Ryuu Japanese Kitchen 757 Seymour St. 604.233.0306 http://www.ryuujapanesekitchen.com/
Shark Club 180 W. Georgia St. 604.687.4275 https://www.sharkclub.com/
The Pint Public House 455 Abbott St. 604.684.0258 http://www.thepint.ca/vancouver/
Tim Hortons 463 Robson St. 604.605.5490 http://www.timhortons.com/ca/
Triple O’s 700 Hamilton St. 604.697.7770 https://www.tripleos.com/
White Spot 405 Dunsmuir St. 604.899.4581 http://www.whitespot.ca/


What are you doing to be sustainable?

We are committed to leaving as small an environmental footprint as possible and are taking the following measures to make that happen:

a. we do not follow the customary TEDx practice of giving each guest a ‘swag bag’ filled with branded giveaways; we believe that these bags and most of their contents end up in landfills
b. our paper program guide is printed on paper made from agricultural waste, not trees

c. we we source locally to reduce waste and transport-related emissions
d. we choose venues that are accessible by walking, bicycle and transit
e. our operations are as energy efficient as possible
f. our administration systems are as paperless as possible
g. we recycle as much of our waste as possible
h. we require our suppliers to follow sustainable practices.


What is the demographic makeup of your guests?

Our 2,690 onsite guests, and millions of online (Livestream and YouTube) guests, are TEDsters: 30 to 60 year old working professionals with above-average household incomes and formal education.

What is the psychographic makeup of your guests?

TEDsters are open and civic minded, curious and motivated to make a difference.

How do I become a partner/sponsor of TEDxStanleyPark?

We customize each partnership relationship. Please contact Roger Killen at roger@tedxstanleypark.com or 604.408.0888 for more information.

What do I get for being a partner?

All partners receive various forms of publicity, complimentary seats and other exploitable commercial potential. Each partnership is designed on a case by case basis. TEDxStanleyPark is open to all sorts of creative ways to building win:win partnerships. Contact Roger Killen at roger@tedxstanleypark.com or 604.408.0888.


How do I become a volunteer?

Apply for a volunteer position at our 2018 conference by visiting https://www.tedxstanleypark.com/volunteer/ and submitting an application.